Jeremy Cameron has continued his stellar start to his AFL career, the Greater Western Sydney key forward kicking five goals in another gutsy Giants di splay.
But, as expected, the Bulldogs were far too strong and ran out 42-point winners, 15.14 (104) to 9.8 (62).
Cameron was the second-round, rising star nomination after he kicked four goals against North Melbourne and he continued to shine after being rested last week.
Not only was he the Giants’ only real threat but he was also domina nt up the other end of the ground when GWS coach Kevin Sheedy sent him down back to try and stop a delu ge of Bulldogs goals in the second quarter.
Whenever the ball went near the young forward he looked dangerous and was paid the ultimate compliment when Brian Lake was thrown onto him in the third quarter.
There were a few other glimpses of a bright Giants future – Tomas Bugg was fantastic across half-back, co-captain Phill Davis did a blanket job on Liam Picken, while Dylan Shiel showed some dash out of defence as well.
Luke Power turned the clock back and showed plenty of leadership in defence, which was timely considering the losses of key backs Cornes and Tim Mohr.
It’s all about taking small steps for GWS but they managed a huge one at Manuka Oval yesterday when they led at quarter time.
The Giants led at a break for the first time after taking advantage of the breeze in the first quarter to hold an 11-point lead over the Western Bulldogs.
They also kept the Bulldogs goalless, the first time they’ve managed that in the AFL as well.
Of the two coaches, Sheedy would clearly be the happier.
His counterpart Brendan McCartney has plenty to work on as the Bulldogs str uggled to get any real run going against the so-called AFL easy beats.
Josh Bruce made a dream debut for the Giants kicking the first goal of the game and his career to ignite the crowd of 9128.
The Canberra product was only brought into the side after Chad Cornes pulled up sore after Friday’s training session.
After a slow start, the Bulldogs banged through eight goals in the second term, largely due to Ryan Griffen, who had the Sherrin on a string as he accumulated 37 possessions.
It wasn’t a classic encounter by any stretch of the imagination, with both teams butchering the ball and gifting possession to the opposition.
The Giants were especially guilty, through the middle of the ground in particular, and the Dogs repeatedly made them pay on the scoreboard.
Israel Folau started strongly with six possessions in the first quarter, dishing off some sharp handballs and laying a couple of strong tackles, but he faded out of the game.